Keith Barney has conducted research on the changing geographies of environment and development, and natural resource policy in Southeast Asia since 1999, including fieldwork in Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. His interests lie at the intersections between political ecology, economic geography, and agrarian change. He is particularly interested in understanding processes of ‘resourcification’ (the making of resource commodities from nature), and its articulation with property rights and livelihoods, territorialisation, market governance, state-building, and systems of authoritarian rule.
From 2003, Keith’s primary focus for fieldwork and research has been in the endlessly fascinating country of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Laos also offers a particular geographical window for studying broader regional and global processes of political-economic and environmental transformation.
Keith is currently serving as the Head of Department for the Crawford School’s Resources Environment & Development (RE&D) Group. He is also a working committee member of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute.
- 2021 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 1 student nomination for Excellence in Research Supervision
- 2020 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 4 student nominations for Teaching Excellence, 2 nominations for Excellence in Research Supervision, 1 citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2019 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific: 1 student nomination for Excellence in Research Supervision
- 2018 Nominated for an Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision (Early Career Category)
- 2017: ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 1 student nomination for excellence in research supervision
- Resources and Economic Geography
- Political Ecology
- Rural Livelihoods & Agrarian Transformations
- Rural Labour Migration
- Forest and Land Policy
- Resource Tenure and Property Rights
- Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)
- Social and Environmental Impacts of Hydropower Development in the Mekong Region
- Lao Politics, Economy & Society
- Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Asia
- Commodity Chain and Value Chain Analysis
Semester 1 2023:
EMDV 8102/9102 Research Methods for Environmental Management and Development (Masters & PhD level), with Dr. Bec Colvin.
EMDV 8008/9009 Research Proposal (Masters & PhD level)
Semester 2, 2023:
EMDV 8009 Asia-Pacific Resource Conflicts, with Dr. Sarah Milne.